Cash Incentives

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The rush among Kentucky school boards to raise their school dropout age turned into an early stampede - set off at least partly by a cash enticement.

Local school boards started voting last week to increase the dropout age from 16 to 18, and within the first two days a whopping 54 school districts did so. By Monday morning, 78 districts were on board, closing in on the number needed to guarantee the policy change is applied statewide.